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  • State: Orissa
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Puri

History of Puri

Located in the state of Orissa, Puri is one of the holiest pilgrimages for the Hindus. Puri is a coastal city that stands on the banks of Bay of Bengal. Featuring great architectural building, balanced climate, exotic beaches, beautiful landscapes and historical significance, Puri is visited by tourists all year round.

Puri also holds great historical significance because it is believed to be the land of Lord Jagannatha.

People and Culture of Puri

The major population of Puri consists of Hindus followed by Muslims. Oriya, Hindi and Bengali languages are spoken in this region. Rath Yatra is the most famous festival that is celebrated in Puri and it calls pilgrims from all around the country. Chandan Snana and the Snana Yatra are also celebrated here.

Things to Do in Puri

There are ample of places to visit in Puri. Swarming with tourists all year round, Puri is packed with many Puri attractions. Lord Jagannath Temple is the main sightseeing in Puri. Dedicated to Lord Jagannath, this temple is a sacred place for the Hindus. During your Puri tour, you must the Puri Beach. The beach is long and sandy and has many stalls lined up.

From the list of Puri tourist places, one must visit the Konark Sun Temple. Shaped in a gigantic chariot, the temple is declared as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Puri places to visit include Chilika Lake and Swargadwar. Among places to see in Puri, Golden beach is worth a visit.

Food and Shopping  in Puri

Apart from sightseeing, there are many other things to do in Puri such as shopping. The Swargadwar area is famous for buying artefacts made of shells and oyster. Decorative pieces are also sold here. Weaved saris namely Passapali, Ikat and Bomkai are popular here and one must make it a point to leave Puri after buying these beauties.

Oriya cuisine is the main food of Puri. The city hosts a lot of budget friendly restaurants and upscale restaurants as well. Bhojohori Manna, Chung Wah Restaurant, Bakers Boutique and The Gajapati are few popular restaurants.

Accommodation in Puri

Tourists who are wondering how to reach Puri can choose from various options such as flight, cab and bus. Located at a distance of 60 km, Bhubaneswar Airport is the closest airport to Puri. One can take a flight to Bhubaneshwar and then a taxi, bus or train to Puri. There are regular flights to and from places such as Delhi, Mumbai, etc.

Since Puri is an eminent tourist destination, it is brimming with tourists all throughout the year. Therefore, it advisable to book hotels in Puri well in advance to avoid the last minute hassles. From resorts to guesthouses to hotels, there are ample of accommodation options in Puri that provide the best of services. One can choose the place of accommodation according to one’s budget and comfort. There are many hotels in Puri that are located in close proximity to Puri sightseeing places. Plan a trip to Puri early this season with your friends and family.



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Shivdutt sharma

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  • Shivdutt sharma
  • 4 Reviews
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"Jai Jagannath, Jai Baldev, Jai Subhadra" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
BHAGWAN JAGANNATH is none else but Krishna himself in the kaliyuga. Krishna came about 550 years ago as Sri Krishna Chaitanya and established that Lord Jagannath is non different from Krishna. There are different stories why Krishna took this form of Jagannath. The temple is more than 800 years old. The carving on the temple are unique. This temple has wonders which you can hear from the people there and realise yourself. The kitchen is considered to be biggest in the world. Anand Bazar distributes /sales the Mahaprasad cooked in lord's kitchen. Bhagwan's darshan are unexplainable. Now Pandas have less roll and govt has streamlined the procedure. Foreigners are advised to visit Puri at the time of Rath Yatra Festival otherwise they may not be allowed to enter the Temple and have Darshan of lord Jagannath.
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Rapolu Nikhil

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  • Rapolu Nikhil
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 6 photos
  • 11 Reviews
  •  11 helpful votes
  •  1385 readers

"It's an amazing place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Puri beach was a wonderful one in which I seen clear blue sky and clean blue coloured sea water. Looks that they join at a distance and a mirror images on wet surface of sand.

Playing in sea waves was a wonderful experience which I had. I get a beautiful feeling when I remember the day I spent at Puri beach
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Sudesh Verma

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  • Sudesh Verma
  • Lives in Bokaro
  • 8 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
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"Puri Visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Swargdwar is the best place to stay. Want to purchase Saris, then goto Pipli.
You visit Lord Jagarnath Temple. Don't take any Panda / Pandit / Purohit. Take Prasad outside. Panda will take only Rs. 20-25 for your prasad to Lord Jagarnath.
Visit Konark Temple. Must take a guide. Guide No. -12 Mr Mohanty is the best. You will yourself pay more than what he will ask (Rs. 200/-).
Visit Chilka lake in a group of 6 persons. Boat charge Rs. 2520/- for 4 hrs. Ist bargain and than take the sea food.
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Poulomi mandal

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  • Poulomi mandal
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Incredible India is being ruined because of our indifference"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Puri Beach is a really very lively humming place where you can relax, bathe (till 6 pm) & enjoy the awesome view. It is one of the best beaches in India. However there is room for improvement in terms of maintenance & cleanliness because the local people & tourists throw garbage everywhere (even shit & urinate on the beach) which could've been stopped if the authorities were more careful. And the marine lives are being destroyed because of human activities, there are lesser & lesser shells, crabs & squids, etc could be seen as the time passes.

Beware of the pandas at the Jagannath temple. Other religious places to see are Konarak, Skimpily mandir, etc. Don't miss out Nandankanan Zoo in Bhubaneswar. You can also visit Gopalpur, which is quieter & peaceful than Puri Golden Beach.

Word of Caution: DON'T GO TO CHILIKA LAKE while visiting Puri. After arriving at the Lake you're gonna have to go the middle-men (dalals) waiting to suck you dry. They'll tell you the price has been determined by Govt but on the ticket they'll write the first amount that comes to their freaking minds (example - 3420 for 4 people, 3500 for 2 people, 3300 for 8 people, we learned about these prices from other tourists there). They'll tell you you'll get to see dolphins playing around and if you refuse to pay for the dolphin site, they'll mock you for your stupidity. In reality there are less than 200 dolphins in the lake and when you get where they live you'll be given only a few minutes to catch a glimpse of one of them (by one of them I mean the dorsal fin belonging to one of them) before the boatman prompts you to go back and see the remaining viewpoints (which counts to 3 during summer). The boatmen are actually fishermen and not tour guides. They just hurry you from one viewpoint to another and don't let you enjoy the scenery. You'll get nothing but skin cancer after being scorched by the sun on the Lake for 3 hours.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 195 Reviews
  •  438 helpful votes
  •  504940 readers

"A Trip to temple town Puri"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I had been to Puri by train in the month of June 2016. Puri is a must-visit attraction in the traditional circuit of modern Odisha. The must-visit attractions around Puri include the Jagannath Temple, Puri Beach and the Chilika Wildlife sanctuary. The Jagannath Temple is part of the Char Dham Yatra and was built in 1161. The presiding deity's statue is replaced here every 12 years and the interesting part is that it is made of wood. The Puri Beach is located on the pristine Bay of Bengal and is the site for the annual beach festival and this is the perfect place for patronisers and connoisseurs of sand art. The Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary abuts the iconic Chilika lake and is spread over an area measuring 1100 square kilometres. The Chilika Sanctuary is home to a wide range of species of flora and fauna.
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Rohit Kumar

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  • Rohit Kumar
  • 26 Reviews
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"Puri Jaganath Temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Another one of the chaar dhaams, Puri is known as the home of God Vishnu and his family. It is one of the holiest places in India and its annual rath yatra is quite famous. In every year huge crowd available here. A famous rath yatra start from here.
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Digambar kale

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  • Digambar kale
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  749 readers

"Excellent place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We stayed 3 days. Puri beaches, Jagannath Temple, Konark, Chilika Lake everything was excellent. Specials about food and service at hotel Hans coco palms inn. Very good weather. Nice Roads. Everything was good experience. I will suggest to stay at star hotels only and not to eat outside food in markets.
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Abinash Mallick biki

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  • Abinash Mallick biki
  • Lives in Pattamundai
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"About this Holy place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Puri is known by several names since the ancient times, and was locally known as "Srikhetra" and Lord Jagannath temple is known as "Bada Deula". Puri and the Jagannath Temple were invaded 18 times by Hindu and Muslim rulers, from the 4th century AD till the early 19th century with the objective of looting the treasures of the temple. Odisha, including Puri and its temple, were under the British Raj from 1803 till India attained independence in August 1947. Even though princely states do not exist in India today, the heirs of the Gajapati Dynasty of Khurda still perform the ritual duties of the temple. The temple town has many Hindu religious maths or monasteries.
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Raj kumar sood Sood

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  • Raj kumar sood Sood
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  • 5 Reviews
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"Lord Shri Jagannathji Mandir"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The holiest place for each Hindu. I am lucky enough that Lord Shri Jagannathji provided me an opportunity to visit this place and have Darshan of the Lord of Universe. Me & my whole family is indebted to Him for giving me such a wonderful Darshan. I wish that occasions keep on repeating.
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Rakesh kshetri

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  • Rakesh kshetri
  • 2 Reviews
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"Puri - beautiful, amazing & religious city"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
One of the oldest cities in eastern India, Puri is famous not only for its religious value but also as a holiday destination. The beautiful temple of Jagannath, the Sun temple of Konark, Chandrabhaga sea beach, Durga temple & Puri sea beach so many places in one city, in short a perfect destination for every age.
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